The Veldt: Science Fiction or The Inevitable Future

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In the past, families lived a technology- free life: waking up by the sounds of birds, communicating face-to-face, and walking in order to travel. Today, it is almost impossible to find means of entertainment not involving a colored screen. This demonstrates how modern technology has corrupted society. Despite the advantages of technology, it has contributed to an inactive population that is unable to think for themselves. Ray Bradbury was born on August 20, 1920 in Waukegan, Illinois. Bradbury won the Pulitzer prize in 2004 for his literary work, like “The Veldt.” The overall theme of Bradbury’s short stories and novels is that the world is undergoing a "too rapid and pervasive technological change"(Bradbury). “The Veldt” discusses …show more content…
"Bradbury contends that an existence heavily dependent on machines will cause as much strife as it eases"(Hart). Hart supports Bradbury's opinion of technology not always having a positive effect. Like the Hadleys, people today see technology as the crux for humanity. Both Bradbury and Hart agree that a utopiated home is destructive toward society and can only lead to suffering. The irony of the “Happylife Home” actually causing unhappiness contributes to this theme. Machiavelli mentions within his novel "The Prince", that when humanity receives gifts and privileges they will likely turn on leaders. Similarly, Bradbury observes irony when Wendy and Peter's greed results in reward, however, triggers the murdering of their parents. In the Happylife Home, a virtual room called the nursery allows the children to control what comes to life. They turn the room into an African veldt. "‘Don't let them switch off the nursery and the house,’ he was saying. Mr. and Mrs. George Hadley beat at the door”(Bradbury). The children trapped their parents in the veldt after their nursery privileges being threatened. This entire idea follows Nathaniel Hawthorne's observation of a sinful universal morality. When the children are threatened, they follow their inner selves leading them to violence and eventually the murder of their own parents. "The Hadley children's minds are only happy…